Kite Surfing Lessons on Boracay
Why choose Ocean Republic?
Whether you are wanting lessons, rentals or are visiting kite surfers, we've the 5 star treatment for you. There are crucial points to consider when selecting your kite school. Locally known as the best on the island; unlike most, we don't just teach you how to ride a kite board, we teach you kiteboarding! The later being a far greater depth of base knowledge and safety which should enable you to safely kite elsewhere independently. Learning to drive a car can be done in 1 hour but it wouldn't make you safe on the roads. "Our responsibility is to you" We offer more than the sum of our parts. Our attitude towards the customer experience and approach to safety makes our students more informed and typically better, safer kitesurfers at the same price as others.
No other school in Asia is run by an ex-aircraft engineer hence our deep understanding and regard for safety. Years of flight safety protocol, procedures and a profound respect for power kites mean we understand and never underestimate the dangers. Our crew are constantly monitored for safety & course content. Making sure you receive the best instruction with no corners cut. There are leaders and followers. Since 2002 (when we became the 1st IKO center in Asia) we have brought much needed professionalism. Whilst others have followed with some qualified instructors, no one has invested financially in equipment SPECIFICALLY for TEACHING. We are not about making a fast buck but are about introducing every student to where professionalism meets a relaxed safe learning enviroment.
Improvements in equipment now make the sport safer and more accessible than ever before. Our school kites and school boards are the latest on the market and enable you to gain the much needed confidence you’ll need to try that little harder. Coupled with the easiest spot in Asia to learn; the only limits are your own.
Ocean Republic Group Course prices (as set on Boracay by the BWA as of 5th Nov 2017)
|Based around fun first this intro maximises hands on experience immediately. Fly kites and exclusively with us, go for a ride on the board with your instructor (when conditions allow) or choose to continue and we'll switch focus and channel you into the IKO Beginner 1 course.||
Kite flying fun
|IKO Beginner 1||
|First steps for beginners. Includes kite intro. You'll learn how to set up your kite and fly it in safe and fun action packed lessons.||
Kite Set Up, Safety, Kite Control, Water relaunching, Initial body dragging
IKO Beginner 2
|This intermediate course will improve your skills to point where we introduce you to the board for your 1st attempts at riding.||
Body dragging (sine waves left/right) and downwind. 1 hand piloting skills and body dragging. Board retrieval and drag with board. Self rescue. Theory of water start and initial attempts.
IKO Beginner 3
|The crowning glory moments of your kiteboarding. Whether long or short rides you'll be feeling the buzz and wanting more.||
Water starts practice and initial short rides. Water start in opposite direction. Board skills (edging)
Our Best Seller
"zero2hero" IKO_L2 course
The most popular option for those serious about learning kiteboarding. A no corners cut A-Z course.
Kite Set Up, Safety, Kite Control, Water relaunching, Initial body dragging. Body dragging (sine waves left/right) and downwind. 1 hand piloting skills and body dragging. Board retrieval and drag with board. Self rescue. Theory lecture. Water starts and board skills improvement and practice. Includes our exclusive refresher manual (not available at other schools)
|Having taught the IKO courses longer than any other school in Asia we know some of us are not as gifted as others that we need a little more time.||
Course content - Same as zero2hero (no corners cut) just more time offered.
1:1 private advanced skills
1,3,5 hour packages.
2,800php- 6,400php- 10,000php
|Refresh - revisit your water starts, learn to ride upwind/ jumping/ tricks. IKO Level 3 +|
Singles lessons are 25% shorter. COURSE RATES SET BY BWA. Those cutting prices also cut corners and shouldn't be trusted with your safety.
Want more info? Then read on:
How the IKO kiteboarder card scheme works.
The IKO Kiteboarder card certifies trainees’ achievements to make them aware of their actual level. The schools and the instructors use it to check the student’s level for rental or continuation in learning.
Depending on how much time you have, there are a variety of courses to choose from, please contact us for our lesson price list and packages. Or you can request private 1 to 1 tuition.
We believe that learning should be safe, professional and fun: so whether you are trying kitesurfing for the first time or are already a kiteboarding veteran, you'll find all of our tuition is based on this philosophy. The staff really know how to give you a good time, while safely learning this exhilarating challenging sport
Borrowing from wakeboarding, windsurfing, power kite flying and many other active sports, kiteboarding is accessible to everyone. For most, this will be the 1st time to experience an eXtreme sport, and it is that!
Students take advantage of benefits and discounts on equipment in shops participating in the IKO Card Advantages program. Find the list of shops on www.ikorg.com
When are the trainee’s level certified?
At the end of the teaching course, the instructor fills in the Kiteboarder card. Each trainee who has undergone an IKO course will receive an IKO certification card. Levels can be certified from A to N according to IKO Kiteboarder’s standard at the end of the lessons. Each student who learns in an IKO kiteboarding center or with an IKO instructor must be certified. Filling in the IKO Certification Cards: Level: the card represents the level of the student which can be advanced upon in the future at other centres.
IKO Modules covered. Kiteboard card.
How to hold, carry and set up the kite
Determine wind direction (upwind and downwind), and wind window.
Fly a Kite unhooked
Know how to stop the kite power in case of problem by releasing the bar.
Be aware of the area where the kite can fall.
Recover the kite on land.
Position the kite on request on the wind window edge.
Launch a kite.
Fly the kite in the power area without crashing it.
Untwist the lines while the kite flies.
Recover a kite and secure it on land.
Land a kite with the help of an assistant.
Fly a kite hooked in.
Pilot hooked to the harness with one hand.
Activate the harness release system or quick release located on a leader line.
Perform a downwind course by body dragging using the power of the kite.
Re launch a kite from the water.
Wind the lines in the water and recover the kite.
Perform a self-rescue in deep water.
Launch a kite alone on land.
Understand that practice with onshore wind is dangerous
Define if the practice area is safe for practice.
Set up and check the equipment alone.
Go away from the shore while body dragging AND come back to the shore.
In the water, pilot a kite with power from one side of the wind window to the other, passing by the power area.
The pilot must be able to perform while piloting the kite at different heights from the water.
Perform the previously mentioned exercise while piloting with one hand.
Know the water start theory: board and body positioning, kite piloting.
Recover the board in deep water and position the feet in the foot-straps and keep the position while flying the kite.
Stand up on the board and ride while moving the kite up and down.
Set up a 4 line kite alone.
Fly 4 line kite.
Activate the safety systems of a 4 line bar (power loop, leash).
Adjust a four line kite while using the power loop.
Adjust the trim system of a 4 line kite to avoid it to fly backward or to adjust the power.
From this point you can rent equipment and improve yourself, or choose to move to L3 instruction.
Our Advanced lessons will usually be held on 1:1 basis (email us for details on packages).
IKO L3 individual skills lessons
Know the right of way rules. Possibly covered in L2.
Ride away from the shore and come back to the shore.
Edge control on the heel and toe side to change the course.
Accelerate by edging down and moving the kite.
Stop by edging.
Be able to keep an edge.
Ride away from the shore and come back at starting point.
Constantly ride upwind.
Recover the board without the leash, by body dragging upwind. Taught L2
Switch of direction.
Jump Theory. How to prepare your kite and posture for a jump.
Perform a small jump and land it with the use of the kite.
L3 is a large step from L2 and will take some time and patience. Lessons are available for this upon request but as it’s usually an individuals the 1 on1 apply. Should you wish to progress to this level you’ll either need to rent or purchase equipment.
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